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The selection process for the McGowan Award follows five simple steps


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Step 1


Nominations are made by the nominee’s current or former colleague, associate, or close business partner (someone who can speak clearly and authentically about the nominee as a leader and his/her ethics). This is done via the nomination form.

In addition to basic biographical information, the form requests a description of the nominee’s leadership vis-a-vis at least one principle. Check the McGowan Principles.

Complete the nomination form by the April 1, 2022, deadline.

Step 2


The selection committee will review all the nominations and select award finalists based on eligibility and alignment with the McGowan Principles.

Step 3


The selection committee will interview award finalists, as well as their nominator and an additional representative. Conversations will focus on the nominee’s leadership practice and values-based decision-making. The committee will want to know how the nominee’s practice plays out in the 1) principled leadership of people, 2) establishment of processes, and 3) contributions to society.

Step 4


The selection committee will identify an award winner. The winner will be notified, consent to media availability, and accept our invitation to the award ceremony.

Step 5


The McGowan Award will be presented at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Expo on Monday, June 13, 2022, in New Orleans.

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